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1742]                   To Horace Mann                     165
last; but that now, he must take it to himself. He pour-trayed the malice of the Opposition, who, for twenty years, had not been able to touch him, and were now reduced to this infamous shift. He defied them to accuse him, and only desired that if they should, it might be in an open and fair manner; desired no favour, but to be acquainted with his accusation. He spoke of Mr. Dodington, who had called his administration infamous, as of a person of great self-mortification, who, for sixteen years, had condescended to bear part of the odium. For Mr. Pulteney, who had just spoken a second time, Sir K. said, he had begun the debate with great calmness, but give him his due, he had made amends for it in the end. In short, never was innocence so triumphant!
There were several glorious speeches on both sides; Mr. Pulteney's two, W. Pitt's10 and Grenville'sn, Sir Eobert's, Sir W. Yonge's, Harry Pox's12, Mr. Chute's, and the Attorney-General's13. My friend Coke, for the first
10 William Pitt (1708-1778), second son. of Robert Pitt, of Boconnoc, Cornwall, by Harriet, daughter of Hon. Edward Villiers and sister of John Villiers, fifth. Viscount and first Earl Grandison; or. Earl of Chatham, Aug. 4,1766; Cornet of first Eegiment of Horse, 1721-35; M.P. for Old Sarum ; Groom of the Bedchamber to the Prince of Wales, 1787-45 ; Paymaster-G-eneral of the Forces, 1746-65; Secretary of State for the Southern Province, 1756-57, 1757-61; Lord Privy Seal, 1766-Feb. 1768, March-Got. 1768. Pitt at this time belonged to a group of young politicians known as the ' Boy Patriots' (or the ' Cobham cousins'). He had been deprived of his commission in the army, on account of his attacks on Sir Eobert Walpole's administration.
• J1 Hon. George Grenville (1712-1770), second son of Eichard Grenville and Hester Temple (who suc-
ceeded her brother as Viscountess Cobham, and was subsequently or. Countess Temple); M.P. for Buckingham, 1741-70 ; Lord of the Admiralty, 1744; Lord of the Treasury, 1747; Treasurer of the Navy, 1754-55, 1756-57, 1757-62; Secretary of State, 1762; First Lord of the Admiralty, 1762 ; First Lord of the Treasury (Prime Minister) and Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1763-65.
12 Henry Fox (1705-1774), second surviving son of Sir Stephen Fox; cr. Baron Holland, of Foxley, Wiltshire, April 17,1763 ; M.P. for Hin-don; Surveyor-General of Works, 1737-47 ; Lord of the Treasury, 1748-44; Secretary at War,1746-B5; Secretary of State, 1755; Leader of the House of Commons, 1755-56, 1762-63; Paymaster-General, 1757-65.
is Sir Dudley Ryder, Knight (1691-1756); Solicitor-General, 1788; Attorney-General, 1737; Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench, 1754-56.